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Sunday, December 4, 2011

season's greetings!

I know it's been a while since I have made a post over on this neck of the woods, so - hello! Life has been nonstop the past few months with work, photoshoots, and applying to colleges (eeeeek!). I promise to start updating more regularly again after the holiday craziness dies down.

Tonight my bff Amanda joined my family in decorating our tree! Every year we make hot cocoa, put on some holiday tunes, santa hats, and jingle bells and unwrap our favorite ornaments. It was a great treat to have Amanda here with us this year.

I wish you all the happiest and least stressful holiday season. 
xx M

Monday, September 12, 2011

life lately

life lately has been full of good friends (from near & far), new friends, travels, photographs, extended errands, and laughter. 

a few weeks ago n'tima and steven drove down to southern california and the two of them + amanda and myself camped out at madeline's for the extended weekend. we had a jolly good time dining at downtown disney, having brunch in laguna beach, vintage shopping, flea-marketing, nail painting, and enjoying each others' company.

i went back to work tuesday & wednesday after labor day, and then departed for bakersfield on wednesday afternoon. i helped marielle shoot a beauty pageant in her area thursday evening, and we spent the time surrounding taking photos and eating.

friday, i packed up my car and marielle and did the 200 mile drive back down south. we stayed at madeline's friday night, and headed out friday morning for a very special day in the desert.

i shot samantha & joshua's engagement portraits with the help from my girls in joshua tree national park, and it was lovely. expect the image set on my photo blog some time next week!

on sunday, i drove (yet another 85 miles) back home, just in time for a photoshoot with a lovely group of girls from kappa kappa gamma. amanda helped me out (which i am eternally grateful for, this woman is my right hand lady, best friend, life partner, etc). 

life has been nonstop lately and i'm loving every moment of it. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

day off: gone shopping

shirt: f21;  skirt: vintage - thrifted; shoes: urban outfitters; leather bag: vintage.  
nails: essie's "cute as a button" and ring: vintage inherited amethyst from my aunt with the same name

I spent my day off sleeping in, painting my nails, drinking coffee, and thrifting! I hit up two local Salvation Army's and a Buffalo Exchange (higher-end clothing, second-hand). My finds:

100% silk tank (that's more of a crop on me) $2

gold sequin top - $3.50

final touch midi skirt from buffalo exchange - $12.75

blouse - $4, shorts $2

shorts - $2.99

I also picked up a 36point5 maxi dress for $25.50 at BE (splurge of the day, but it's in perfect condition and I love it) and a camera, which I'll elaborate on later.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

what i'm loving lately - august 2011

hi all! i've gotten a few requests to do another "what i'm loving lately" post, so i thought i'd share with you a few of the things getting some extra love from yours truly in the last couple of months.

gadgets & toys

the yashica LM! this camera was passed down from my father's father, and i finally got it repaired and cleaned up. i've only run three rolls through it so far (the film & processing costs a pretty penny), but i have already fallen deeply in love with shooting medium format.
it's an art unlike any other! very different than 35mm and digital, definitely.

instant film! a few weeks ago, i painted this box to store all of the instant film prints i have taken so far (a large majority of them from this summer alone)! i'm addicted (and my ebay & bank accounts are not loving this one)

my trusty ray ban eyeglasses. i got a new prescription a few months ago and finally filled it in these frames, and boy, can i finally see the difference. i used to only need glasses for reading and driving, but i'm finding myself reaching for them more often these days, especially in taking photos! can't live without these guys. 

goodies & good deals

if you didn't know this about me already, i'm a nail polish freak. i buy it, i hoard it, but i do use it! i usually change my nail color every 3 or 4 days. essie® brand polish is absolutely amazing! it's longwearing and high quality, not to mention they have a mouthwatering selection of colors. gotta love it.

sheer blouses! they're light enough for september in california, but pretty enough to translate from day to night in a beat. 

$creaming deal$ ! - these wedge booties were on sale for $39.95 at urban and i couldn't say no. they're SO comfy!
i picked up this skirt at anthropologie a month or two ago, and you're not going to believe how much i paid for it. original price: $78. on clearance for $19.99 + an additional 25% off. with taxes i ended up paying $16 and some change, and proceeded to grab my bag and run out of the store before they could realize that i robbed them.

lately, i've been feeling a special appreciation for my pup. she smiles for the camera.

she plays games on the computer

and she's always at the foot of the bed when i need her. man's best friend, fo' real.

I wanted to finish off this post with a few things I'm excited for.

fall clothing, and the patterns and colors like this:

visits to see faraway friends

my best friend lives in San Francisco, these were taken on the days that she left to go back up (the left is from 2010, and the right is from last week).

visits from good people

so, my friends, i hope august has been treating you well, and be joyful that we still have nearly 3 months of late sunsets and days that are longer than the nights. in the meantime, i suggest you turn on some *NSync Pandora radio (seriously it's amazing)

and take care.

love always,

p.s. for the time being, i've suspended posting photos to my flickr account! to view my current work, see my photo blog!

Friday, July 22, 2011

up north

last weekend two girlfriends and i drove 8 hours to the sacramento area and stayed with another lovely friend of ours & her hubby for 2 days and 3 nights. we took photos and ate amazing (home cooked) meals and had girl time (while the mr. was at work of course) and it was just an all around relaxing, theraputic, much needed weekend. i just wanted to share a few photos from the trip with you all xx

the following are all medium format, shot on ektar 120 film in a seagull tlr.

Potentially my favorite shot of them all - N'tima is a perfect model! 

the next batch were shot on various brands of 35mm film inside a canon ae-1

breakfast <3

Photo taken by Madeline

(the next one is digital :O)

and finally the rest are instax 210 wides and polaroid 669's!

the collection of our cameras! excluding my digital camera and the instax i took it with

the four ladies, taken graciously by Mr. Preusser

Marielle has a bad habit of blinking...ON THE NUMBER THREE. (<3)

Normally I'd do an in-depth recap of the trip, but Madeline has already done an amazing job of that right over here! Go read it, seriously. XO!